Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

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The Biwako Terrace

Although Shiga Prefectrue is located inwarm Kasai Area, it has heavy snow in the winter. It is the exception.


In the west side of Lake Biwa, there is BiwakoValley. It is a popular place for skiing, and only winter season was theirseason, but………


The Biwako Terrace opened last fall, sothat we can enjoy the view.


I went there on one of the holidays ofGolden Week.


Nice Views!!!!!



However, it’s definitely much better to gothere on weekdays, definitely not during the Golden Week. Too many people!!


by berry-raspberry | 2017-05-26 00:27 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Roses, peonies, poppies, etc, are in full bloom in Nagai Botanical Garden in Nagai Park.


From May 19th through June 4th,“Osaka Oktoberfest”, a beer festival from Munich, Germany, is held at NagaiPark.

Admission 200 yen.

It’s not in October, but May and thebeginning of June (before the rainy season) is a very nice time of the year inOsaka!

by berry-raspberry | 2017-05-18 00:29 | Osaka C.-HigashiSumi | Comments(0)

One of the largest tombs in the world,Emperor Nintoku’s tomb.

It was built in the middle of the 5thcentury.


In Sakai City Museum, across from the tomb,you can see a short movie about Emperor Nintoku’s tomb with English subtitles.


There is also Disen Park across from thetomb.

Ancient mausoleums are only Emperor Nintoku’s,but there are also small tombs in the park, which makes the park calm.


Ume, plum blossoms are blooming.

A few minute walk from Mikunigaoka Stations of JR Hanwa Line or Nankai Koya Line.
About 15 minute walk from Goryo-mae Station of Hankai Tramway.

by berry-raspberry | 2017-03-13 00:22 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Risho no mori in Sakai City is a museum which mainly exhibits things of and about Sen no Rikyu and Yosano Akiko, which opened about a year ago.


Sen no Rikyu is the great master of tea ceremony who lived in the 16th century and Yosano Akiko was a writer who were born in the late 19th century.

Both were born and grew up in Sakai City, Osaka.

Next to the exhibition room, there is a tea ceremony room.



They offer casual style tea ceremony called “Ryurei Teicha”


There are three main schools of tea ceremony in Japan: Omote-senke, Ura-senke, and Mushanokoji-senke.

At Risho no Mori, these three schools cooperate, and the teachers of each school take turn to demonstrate the ceremony.

On the day when I went, the school was Omote-senke.


This is a demonstration video which was taken at Risho no Mori.
The teacher is from Ura-senke.
The tea ceremony master demonstrates and explains, and the guest learns how to do it. It’s in Japanese but you may know what it’s like.
But don’t worry. Believe it or not, many of the Japanese don’t know how to do it.

As a matter of a fact, I have experienced attending the tea ceremony but I haven’t learn how to do it. Maybe it’s high time I started learning…..

The admission for the tea ceremony is 500 yen which includes matcha tea and Japanese sweets.
The admission for the museum is 300 yen.

You can go both or you can choose one of them.

2-1-1 Shikuin-cho Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka

Two minutes from Shukuin Station of Hankai Tramway.
It's next to Rikyu's Birth place.


by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-22 00:16 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Tea Ceremony, in Japanese, Sado, is known as a very important part of traditional Japanese culture.

Sen no Rikyu, the tea ceremony guru, was born in Sakai, Osaka in 1522.

In those days, tea ceremony was for male, not for female.
Not only as a leader of tea ceremony, he had even political influence to the authority at the time.

He established “Wabi-cha”, and cherished the feeling of “Wabi Sabi”.
He appreciated the serenity in simple and plain surroundings.


His house where he was born was a huge place, but now just a small part of the garden is remained. It is amazing that his trace still exists.


It’s near Shukuin Station of Hankai Tramway.

1-17-1 Shukuin-Nishi Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka

by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-08 22:11 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

Facebook Page "I love OSAKA"

I've made the facebook page, "I love OSAKA"
Please visit and "like" it!!

by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-05 23:05 | Osaka | Comments(0)
Sakai City has been well-known for its craftsmanship.
The picture below is one of the craftsmen's factory.

Making knives has been one of its crafts for over 400 years.
Until the end of Edo era which finished in 1868, when samurais existed, they made swards as well.

Most of the chefs in Japan use the knives from Sakai.
I saw Martha Stewart using the one from Sakai in her TV shows.

There is a small museum called “Sakai Hamono Museum”.




Hamono means edged tools.



There is a souvenir shop on the first floor, and small rooms of exhibition on the first and second floors.

There are some English flyers.




You can see the real craftsmen perform sharpening knives on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m to noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Friday, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can buy knives and some other souvenirs from Sakai here.


Sakai Hamono Museum opens every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission Free
It’s between Myokoku-ji Station and Hanataguchi Station of Hankai Tramways.

by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-05 13:09 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

This year, for cherry blossom season, I went to the river bank called “Sewari-tei” . It is in Yawata City in Kyoto prefecture, and it’s around the border between Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture.

Three rivers, the Katsura, the Uji, and the Kizu join around this bank.



Amazingly, there are about 250 cherry trees, about 1.4 kilometers long , and cherry blossoms were in full bloom when I went there.




It’s about 10 minute walk from Yawata-shi Station on Keihan Line.

Highly recommended!!

by berry-raspberry | 2016-04-10 20:09 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
Each year, NHK broadcasts one hour drama about historically famous person.
This year, Sanada Nobushige, known as Sanada Yukimura is the main character.
The name of the drama is “Sanada-maru”; it’s something like “Fort Sanada”



The stronghold was around Sanko Shrine, near JR and Subway "Tamatsukuri" Stations.

Sanada Yukimura was on Toyotomi side.
Toyotomi completely lost in the Osaka Summer War in 1615. Tokugawa won and Tokogawa Family’s era continued until 1868.
He is admired as a hero.

This is Sanada Yukimura.


Because of the drama, many people from all over Japan are visiting this shrine.

It is said that this used to be a secret tunnel to Osaka Castle.


It says this year, on November 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m, there is ”Sanada Festival" Usually it is held on the first Sunday of November, but this year is special

Cherry blossoms in Osaka have just started to bloom.




by berry-raspberry | 2016-03-28 01:49 | Osaka City-Chuo | Comments(0)
"The Force Awakes" of STAR WARS series is coming on December 18th.
Every Star Wars fan in the world seems to be waiting for the day, and so does in Japan.

Between Kansai Airport and Namba Station of Nankai Railway, special STAR WARS Express trains are running until May 8th, 2016.

What do you think?





Inside, too!
by berry-raspberry | 2015-12-13 00:49 | Osaka | Comments(0)